Last year, Richard and I built a raised bed garden structure out of pecky cedar. We choose that wood because it is untreated, and thus, was in alignment with our desire to have an organic garden. We built it ourselves and had some much fun in the process.
There are 36 3-foot rebar, some inside and others on the outside of the lumber, holding the structure together. Six ton of what was supposed to be organic garden soil was delivered and dumped into the raised bed, whose inside measures 8’x16’. We had irrigation lines put in to ensure adequate and consistent watering, even when we would be out-of-town.
Now, I’m sort of getting ahead of myself here. I should tell you that I am a Jersey Girl, born, raised, and lived the vast majority of my life approximately 12-20 miles outside of Manhattan. Richard, on the other hand, is from Washington State. And here we are now in Northern Arizona, where the climate is dry, the air is hotter, and there are pretty much two growing seasons. Geez, were we (and still are) on a huge gardening learning curve. Continue reading Indigo Ruby Tomatoes→
How many times have you been asked that question? Far too many to count, for sure. What’s the saying….if only I had a dollar for every time I’d been asked that question.
While the belief that we must have a protein-rich diet is permeating our society today, largely promulgated by the plethora of high-protein, carbohydrates-are-the-devil diets, it couldn’t be further from the truth, especially if you are seeking optimum health and wellness. Continue reading Where Do You Get Your Protein?→
Some fruits and vegetables should ALWAYS be eaten only if grown organically. No amount of rinsing, washing, or cooking, can take away the chemicals that have been introduced throughout their growth process. Translated, that means that you will be exposing yourself to a litany of harmful chemicals, many of which have already been well documented to be carcinogenic, cause birth defects, worsened neurological outcomes, and infertility issues—only to name a few. Continue reading “The Dirty Dozen” and “The Clean Fif-Teen”→